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Kindergarten Südhafen - Former St. Sebastian Church


The economic slowdown has negatively affected urban development everywhere, making investment much harder to come by. At the same time, heightened environmental awareness has forced us to accept that the urban growth model can no longer be based exclusively on occupying new land. The regeneration and re-use of the existing building stock has become a viable means not only of achieving urban densification without consuming new resources but also an alternative to costly demolition of large swathes of our urban heritage.
Built in 1962, the unlisted church of St. Sebastian in Münster, Germany, was earmarked for demolition after deconsecration in 2008 to make way for a neighbourhood kindergarten and new residential units. But the idea behind the winning entry by Bolles+Wilson in the competition calling for projects for the site was rather to preserve the structure of the church...

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